It was truly an honour to serve as a speaker at SPDT College in JB Nagar, Mumbai, where I had the privilege of addressing a gathering of bright and aspiring MMS and MBA students.
My intervention aimed to inspire, inform, and empower these future leaders. I shared insights from my personal and professional journey, emphasising the importance of resilience, adaptability, and continuous learning in today’s dynamic business landscape.
Moreover, I discussed key industry trends and provided valuable advice on career development and goal setting. The interactive session allowed for engaging discussions and the exchange of ideas, creating a meaningful connection with the students. It was a rewarding experience to witness their enthusiasm and curiosity, and I am confident that they will go on to achieve great success in their academic and professional pursuits.
SPDT College‘s commitment to nurturing young talent is commendable, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to their educational journey.
My speech was as follows:
Students, distinguished guests, and fellow academics,
Today, I stand before you to discuss a topic of utmost importance: “What type of leaders does Bharat need today?” Our nation, with its rich history and diverse culture, has always looked to its leaders for guidance and progress. As we navigate the complexities of the 21st century, it is crucial to reflect upon the qualities and characteristics that our leaders should possess.
First and foremost, Bharat needs leaders who are visionary. We require leaders who can look beyond the immediate challenges and envision a better future for our nation. They must have the ability to set clear goals and work tirelessly towards achieving them. Visionary leaders inspire hope, motivate others, and pave the way for progress.
Integrity is another critical trait that our leaders must possess. In a world where trust in leadership is often eroded, it is imperative that our leaders are honest, ethical, and transparent. They must lead by example, upholding the highest standards of integrity in both their personal and professional lives. Integrity builds trust, and trust is the foundation of a strong and prosperous nation.
Furthermore, Bharat needs leaders who are empathetic and compassionate. Our country is incredibly diverse, with people from various backgrounds, religions, and socioeconomic statuses. Effective leaders must be able to connect with and understand the needs and aspirations of all citizens. Empathy ensures that policies and decisions are made with the well-being of all in mind, leaving no one behind.
In today’s interconnected world, leaders should also be adept at diplomacy and international relations. Bharat is not an island; we are part of a global community. Leaders who can build strong diplomatic relationships, foster international cooperation, and represent our nation effectively on the global stage are crucial for our growth and security.
Innovation and adaptability are two more qualities that Bharat needs in its leaders today. The world is changing at an unprecedented pace, and our leaders must be open to new ideas and technologies. They should encourage innovation and be willing to adapt to changing circumstances, ensuring that Bharat remains at the forefront of progress.
Education and knowledge are the bedrock of a thriving society. Therefore, our leaders should prioritise education and invest in the development of our youth. They must create an environment where learning is valued and accessible to all, irrespective of their background.
Last but certainly not least, our leaders should be committed to inclusivity and social justice. Bharat’s strength lies in its diversity, and leaders must work to bridge divides and promote equality for all. Inclusivity ensures that the benefits of progress are shared by every citizen, leaving no room for discrimination or marginalisation.